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Meet the Adare Bear

Adare Manor is now home to the largest figurative bronze sculpture ever made in Ireland. The sculpture of a Bear, standing at four metres tall, was produced by renowned Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly, and now resides on the grounds of Adare Manor for our guests to enjoy.

The Bear sculpture titled ‘In Search of Lost Time’ shows the Bear marching forward. From childhood days, one of our first memory is that of a teddy bear, which personifies companionship, trust and innocence. The Adare Bear represents our lives with an air of optimism, as we all march on taking on the wonders of life.

Patrick O’Reilly, who produced the four meter high sculpture of the Bear, said: “The Bear allows viewers to revisit the essence of their past, leading to flashbacks and recollections of preceding times.  That significant memory involves events long past with happy and joyous nostalgia but with an awareness that live moves on”. 

Now all we need to do is give him a name. Any suggestions?


  1. Maureen Sweeney on April 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Valentine after Viscount of adare

  2. Jo Peevers on April 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Artio named after the Bear goddess venerated by the Celts – Adare Artio – If the bear is Femail


    Artaois named after the Bear God . Adare Artaois – If the bear is Male.

  3. Meggie on April 10, 2018 at 2:47 pm


  4. Joyce Sunderland on April 19, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I think Crazy Bear
    As we were all crazy as kids & still woukd live to be Kids 😂

  5. Cassandra on April 24, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    1) Beary McBearface
    2) Gilfred

  6. Matilda O Flynn on April 26, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Tadhg. He looks determined and brave as a Tadhg would

  7. Matilda O Flynn on April 26, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Tadhg Determined and Brave as aTadhg would look

  8. Anne o Sullivan on April 28, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Thady Bear. After the 7th Earl of Dunraven. Who was so well respected and admired in Adare.

  9. Liz Dennehy on May 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    BEATHA (Irish for life) a suitable name for the bear who represents the preciousness of life

  10. Debbie Greene on May 30, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Danny O’Hart — Danny Boy and Grandson of the Bear ❤

  11. Catherine English on June 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I think ‘Stitch’ is quite fitting for this bear………………

  12. Sinéad O'Dwyer on June 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Name for the Bear=Why not call him Dara the Bear (derived from the Irish translation of Adare, which is Ath Dara)?
    He looks as if he is heading for the Teddy Bears picnic in the Woods.

  13. Sheryin Lobo on June 19, 2018 at 4:41 am

    beautiful sculpture! how about naming bear Abear ( Adare)?

  14. Mike Mooney on July 28, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    “Jimmy “ would be a great name for the Adare Bear
    In memory of Jimmy Yarosh
    This was a unique man who served in the US Secret Service and died suddenly a few years back.

    He was known as the Dancing Bear based on his robust physique, wit and ability to make people laugh!

    Jimmy Yarosh
    The Dancing Bear

    It just hit me as I visited beautiful Adare Manor this past week and discovered the bear.


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